Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Authorities in Uganda maintain air, land, and lake entry and exit restrictions in response to COVID-19 as of Sept. 4.

Alert Begins 04 Sep 2020 11:46 AM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Affected Area(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Significant business and travel disruptions

Authorities in Uganda continue to impose measures to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Sept. 4. Land and air borders and lake ports remain closed. Cargo- and repatriation-related transport continues through some border crossings. All arrivals in the country are subject to a 14-day quarantine in a government-approved facility at their own expense. It is not clear how long the international travel restrictions will be in place.

Domestically, a nationwide 2100-0530 curfew remains in place. Public and private ground transport remains permissible with passenger number restrictions. Some ferry services are reportedly restricted. Schools, some nonessential businesses, and places of worship remain closed. Shopping arcades, beauty salons, hotels, and restaurants have reopened. The government continues to urge all persons above the age of six to wear a facemask and continues to restrict public gatherings.

Authorities could implement further measures or ease existing restrictions in the coming weeks, depending on the evolution of the disease in the country.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by the Ugandan government are similar to those taken by many governments globally in recent months in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions.

Reconfirm all planned travel arrangements. Plan accordingly for protracted commercial, transport, and logistics disruptions. Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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